Kiski Valley Cat & Kitten Rescue, Inc.

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Our Featured Pet...

is any one of our many shy cats and kittens. Since we are a no-kill shelter and do not euthanize an animal because of it's temperament/adoptability, we have many shy cats. And many of these shy cats are truely "diamonds in the ruff". They show a lot of promise when given a little TLC. Taking care of 200 cats limits the time that we are able to spend with each individual one. But when we do have the oportunity to spend time with them, usually by taking them into our homes for a few days or a week or two, they show us their potential by purring away while they are being held. We are looking for people who are willing to give one of these shy cats a chance. We are always willing to take them back if it doesn't work out. Usually, however, the new owner is rewarded with the progress that is made by the cat and would never even consider giving them up. If you might be one of these people, please give us a call or send us an e mail. Thanks! Renee

Whether you are looking for a very young kitten, a teenager, a young adult cat, or a senior cat, Kiski Valley Cat & Kitten Rescue is sure to have a cat or two for you. Our cats and kittens are housed in 4 buildings in a mostly cage free home-like environment, which aids in the adoption process. Being free to run around a room or an entire building allows our cats/kittens true personalities to be more easily determined by both our volunteers and our adopters. Very few people leave our shelter empty handed. We can proudly say that we hear over and over again what a pleasant experience adopting from us has been for so many individuals and families. Happy outcomes is what we strive for!

DONORS; WE NEED YOU! Planning fundraising events takes a lot of time and money, two resources that are in very short supply right now. In the absence of a major fundraiser, our donors are more important than ever. Please be assured that every dollar donated to KVCKR goes directly to caring for the shelter's cats and kittens, or toward helping a member of the low income community to get their cat or kitten spayed/neutered. We are an all volunteer organization which means that NO donated money goes to pay people's salaries. The money that comes into the shelter is promptly spent on cat litter, cat food, veterinary bills, and other costs incurred in sheltering the animals. KVCKR is registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

THE ADOPTION FEE:

Our adoption fee is $50 for kittens that you will be getting spayed by your veterinarian. Our adoption fee is $100 for kittens that are already spayed or that we will be getting spayed for you by one of our veterinarians. Our adoption fee is $150 for our cats and kittens that are de-clawed. Once they reach the age of three, any of our cats can be adopted for a fee of just $50. The adoption fee enables the shelter to recoup a portion of the expenses of spay/neutering, Feline Leukemia testing, vaccinations, worming, ear mite treatment, and flea protection. It also reflects our commitment to keep our residents healthy until they are adopted, however long that may take. We are normally caring for approximately 200 cats. When considering our adoption fee, please be aware that, in order to maintain the health of our kittens while at the shelter, we vaccinate them on the day that they are admitted, and then every two to three weeks thereafter, until they have had three sets of vaccinations. This helps to prevent distemper and upper respiratory infections from infiltrating the shelter. Because of the expenses incurred to keep our cats and kittens healthy and happy, we can no longer offer BOGO adoption deals. What we have been able to do is to reduce the adoption fee to $50 for any of our cats over the age of three. With the adoption of any of these older cats, the same adoption application and approval process will apply as with our younger cats/kittens.

VOLUNTEERS; WE NEED YOU! If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at the shelter, please e-mail us your U.S. mailing address and we will be happy to send you our volunteer information. Our volunteers work very hard keeping the shelter clean, and keeping the cats supplied with fresh food, water, and clean litter boxes. But any one of them will tell you that the volunteer experience is a very rewarding one! Please note that volunteers need to be at least 18 years old or have a parent who is willing to volunteer along with them. Also, we ask for a commitment of at least two hours each and every week.

MISSION STATEMENT:

KISKI VALLEY CAT & KITTEN RESCUE IS DEDICATED TO THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY AND NEGLECT TOWARD CATS BY PROVIDING SHELTER TO HOMELESS CATS AS LONG AS IT TAKES UNTIL WE CAN FIND THEM PERMANENT HOMES OF THEIR OWN. NECESSARY VETERINARY TREATMENT, INCLUDING SPAYING, NEUTERING, AND DISTEMPER AND RABIES VACCINATIONS IS OBTAINED FOR THEM. EUTHANASIA IS NOT CONSIDERED UNLESS A CAT IS GRAVELY ILL AND THEN IT IS DONE TO PREVENT OR END THE CAT'S SUFFERING.

IN ADDITION, KVCKR IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN TRAPPING FERAL CATS, GETTING THEM ALTERED, VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES AND DISTEMPER, AND THEN RETURNING THEM TO A LOCATION WHERE THEY WILL BE FED AND PROVIDED WITH SHELTER. ALSO, KVCKR OFFERS DISCOUNT SPAY AND NEUTER REFERRALS, AS WELL AS ADVICE AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO ANYONE INVOLVED IN CARING FOR ABANDONED OR FERAL CATS.

FUTURE ACTIVITIES WILL CONTINUE TO INCLUDE ALL OF THE ABOVE WHILE WE ATTEMPT TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC REGARDING THE PLIGHT OF CATS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SPAYING AND NEUTERING.

WHO WE ARE:

Kiski Valley Cat & Kitten Rescue is a no-kill cat shelter that became a Pennsylvania not-for-profit corporation in 2000. Also in 2000, we acquired the use of several acres of land with three buildings for the beginnings of a shelter. The buildings were in need of repairs and some needed windows. Work was nearly complete only to have a storm tear the roof off of one of the buildings. Once again repaired, we moved the cats in. The buildings' interiors were finished and propane heaters were installed to keep the cats snug and warm. We also added fencing between the buildings and cat doors so that the cats have access to totally enclosed outdoor patios. We have tried to create a pleasant environment as they await their forever homes. A very long-term goal for the shelter is to add fencing around the perimeter of the grounds and a barn so that a MANAGABLE number of the feral cats that find their way here could live outside on the grounds. Feral cats are wild animals and we have found that most of them are better off being released back outside after being altered. Otherwise, these cats often come down with anorexia (brought on by the stress of coming indoors for the first time in their lives), or upper respiratory infections/viruses (caused by being brought in contact with shelter animals when their recent vaccinations have not yet provided them adequate immunity).PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE THINK TWICE BEFORE TRYING TO HAVE AN ADULT CAT PLACED INTO A SHELTER WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN LIVING OUTSIDE ALL OF THEIR LIVES OR THEY HAVE BEEN IN A HOME SITUATION FOR MANY YEARS. THESE TYPES OF CATS DO NOT THRIVE IN A SHELTER.

Adopting a friend:

WE HAVE AN ADOPTION APPLICATION AS WELL AS AN ADOPTION CONTRACT. WE WOULD LIKE OUR CATS AND KITTENS TO GET SAFE, INDOOR HOMES. INDOOR/OUTDOOR HOMES WILL BE APPROVED ONLY AFTER CLOSE SCRUTINY. THE ADOPTION APPLICATION ASKS IF YOU RENT OR OWN. IF YOU RENT, YOU MUST PROVIDE VERIFICATION THAT YOU ARE PERMITTED TO HAVE A CAT. IF YOU OWN YOUR OWN HOME, YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO VERIFY HOME OWNERSHIP. WE ALSO NEED TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A VETERINARIAN CHOSEN. WE HAVE AN ADOPTION FEE THAT INCLUDES THE COST OF BEING ALTERED, JUST IN CASE YOU CHOOSE A KITTEN THAT IS TOO YOUNG TO HAVE ALREADY BEEN SPAYED OR NEUTERED. WE WILL GET THAT DONE FOR YOU AT A LATER DATE. WE TRY TO KEEP THE ADOPTION PROCESS FROM BECOMING TOO INTRUSIVE, WHILE ATTEMPTING TO ENSURE THAT OUR RESCUED CATS AND KITTENS FIND GOOD HOMES. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT WE GET CALLS DAILY FROM PEOPLE WANTING TO GIVE UP PETS THAT WERE ONCE WANTED AND ARE NOW UNWANTED. THUS, WE ARE REMINDED ON A DAILY BASIS OF THE CASUAL ATTITUDE THAT MANY PEOPLE HAVE REGARDING PET OWNERSHIP. DURING THE ADOPTION PROCESS WE TRY TO FIND PEOPLE WHO TRULY HAVE A LIFETIME COMMITMENT TO THEIR PETS.

Come Visit Us!

KISKI VALLEY CAT & KITTEN RESCUE IS LOCATED IN ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, WESTMORELAND COUNTY. WE ARE A HALF HOUR FROM MONROEVILLE, GREENSBURG, SARVER, KITTANNING. INDIANA, ETC. PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT, AT WHICH TIME WE CAN GIVE YOU OUR EXACT LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS. THE SHELTER IS RUN BY VOLUNTEERS, AND SO AN APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY. When you call, if we don't answer, please leave a message and state your phone number slowly and clearly and someone will call you back as soon as possible. We can schedule your appointment for any day of the week. A SPECIAL NOTE FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO PLACE A CAT OR KITTEN WITH US: At this time, because we are at capacity, we cannot accept new cats or kittens into the shelter. Also, we never accept personal pets into the shelter. This includes cats who are displaced due to their owner's illness, allergies, landlord problems, and address changes. These situations do not happen overnight, and we feel that these cats should not be placed into an already overburdoned shelter environment. Shelters should be reserved for homeless animals, and not be dumping grounds for pets. Family and friends need to help out in situations where it becomes hard for a pet to stay with it's owner. AN EXCEPTION TO THIS IS THAT WE WILL TAKE BACK ANY CAT/KITTEN ADOPTED FROM OUR SHELTER IF THE NEED ARISES, IN KEEPING WITH OUR LIFETIME COMMITMENT TO OUR ANIMALS. Even though we cannot bring anymore animals into the shelter, we would like to help you in other ways, such as with vaccinations and low cost spaying/neutering.
Kiski Valley Cat & Kitten Rescue, Inc.
PO Box 19
Apollo, PA 15613
Phone: 724-727-7032
Email: rgazarik@hotmail.com
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